By: Komang Kurniawan, EBPP Chairman & Team Leader
After more than 2 years of not being able to gather together at an event during the Covid-19 pandemic, it was a breath of fresh air for EBPP students when they were invited by one of our donors, The Shanti Foundation, to their annual anniversary event on 11th of December.
The Shanti Foundation has supported EBPP since 2013 and from 2016 has sponsored 12 EBPP graduate students on university courses in various majors, following their philosophy of “Loving Giving and Sharing”.
On Sunday, 11th December, 25 students and 5 EBPP teachers departed at 6.30am from EBPP Ban office because the event location is quite far away, in south Bali. Students had to leave earlier from their homes, and go down the mountain to gather at the EBPP office, then continue their journey by bus for 4 hours.
For their performances, our students chose the theme of “Christmas Day”, starting with a poem entitled “Merry Christmas for you”, followed by a drama about the impact of early marriage entitled “A choice for a better future”, sang songs together, accompanied by EBPP schools’ bands, entitled “I am not alone”, “Way Maker” by Leeland, and “Feliz Navidad”. All the spectators were happy with EBPP students’ performances and sang along and swayed during the performance.
On this occasion, Mr. Kumar as the founder of The Shanti foundation, gave a special award, of an inscribed plaque to David Booth as the founder of EBPP, for his contributions made in supporting the impoverished East Bali mountain children’s education and communities’ activities.
We thank The Shanti foundation who really care about helping the community, especially the underprivileged children in Bali by providing scholarships to continue their studies for a better future. •